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Have you claimed the Employee-Retention Tax Credit?
October 7, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. / Hybrid meeting at the Larson Building and via MSTeams

Justin Brown and Dan Van Beek, partner and senior manager, respectively, at Larson Gross CPAs & Consultants, will join us to discuss the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC), a substantial refundable tax credit designed to help businesses impacted by COVID-19.
This session will address general information about the ERTC, including which employers are eligible and how to claim the credit, how other funding programs interact with it and the latest legislation surrounding the credit. Larson Gross has helped many general contractors and subcontractors apply and receive the ERTC. And while it is a high-profile funding program that has received a lot of attention, many businesses either haven’t explored if they are eligible or haven’t heard of it at all.
Join us either virtually or in-person at the Larson Building in Yakima to learn more about how you can take advantage of this unique funding opportunity.
Register here...

AGC Contractor Exchange, Oct. 20th
If you're a specialty contractor, certified DBE or SBE, this is the event for you! The AGC Contractor Exchange, one of our most popular annual events, is being held in-person on Oct. 20. At this free event, specialty contractors meet with GCs in 8-minute interviews to discuss capabilities, qualifications and upcoming project opportunities.
Participating GCs include Absher Construction, Aldrich & Associates, Bayley Construction, Centennial Contractors, Contrack Watts, Cornerstone General Contractors, Graham Contracting, Granite Construction, Guy F. Atkinson Construction, Hensel Phelps, James W. Fowler Company, Kiewit Infrastructure West, Korsmo Construction, Kraemer North America, Lease Crutcher Lewis, Lincoln Construction, Max J. Kuney Company, MidMountain Contractors, PCL Construction Services, Sellen Construction, SKANSKA USA, Stacy & Witbeck General Contractors, The Walsh Group, Turner Construction Company and Venture General Contracting.

If you're interested in attending, please visit the
Contractor Exchange event page for registration details.
Culture of CARE Fall Forum, Oct. 28
Back to basics: resources and conversation to advance diversity & inclusion
This fall, our Culture of CARE Forum will get back to basics by answering the biggest questions: Why does AGC of Washington and AGC of America provide support for members who are striving to improve workforce diversity and inclusion culture in their firms? Why are there increasing numbers of construction firms making diversity & inclusion initiatives a part of their strategic-growth models? And beyond the why, we'll dive into what we offer in terms of supportive resources to help firms with their D & I journey, and how you can stay up-to-date with industry best practices as you grow your business.
No matter how long you’ve been involved with Culture of CARE, we encourage you to join us on Thursday, October 28 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. This meeting will be held online via the Microsoft Teams platform.
Register today…
Vaccine-Mandate Town Hall replay now available
If you missed last week’s virtual Vaccine-Mandate Town Hall meeting (and many did, because our servers were overwhelmed by the response!), we have you covered.
You can now hear the meeting at your convenience, in its entirety here. We discussed the latest in vaccine mandates and heard from AGC staff in labor, Government Affairs and Safety, as well as Amy Robinson from Miller Nash Graham & Dunn for the legal perspective.
L&I proposes increase for state-fund
employers' COVID-claim relief

The Department of Labor & Industries has announced an overall 3.1% average rate increase for 2022, being driven by cost-of-living adjustments for pensions and an increase in the state’s average wage. See their press release here.  
Unlike many states, Washington’s workers’-compensation rates are calculated on worker hours — not wages — so there is no "built-in" rate increase for insurance as wages increase.  While the proposed rate increase for 2022 is 3.1%, many construction risk-class rates decreased. Click
here for rates by risk class.
"The efforts of construction companies and their safety employees to prevent injuries — and in light-duty accommodation to keep people connected to their employers — help to reduce system costs in many of our risk classes," said Lauren Gubbe, director of the AGC Workers’-Compensation plan and L&I Retro Advisory Committee member.
WA Cares Fund (a.k.a. long-term care)
exemption applications now available

Washington State workers who hold existing long-term care insurance or purchase a new private policy before November 1, 2021, can apply for an exemption from the state's WA Cares program starting October 1, 2021. Workers have until December 31, 2022 to file for an exemption, but the state will start collecting premiums on January 1, 2022.
If your exemption is approved after January 1, 2022 and you have already paid into the fund, you will not receive a refund once your exemption is approved. Currently, once an exemption is approved, those individuals will be permanently excluded from WA Cares benefits, and they won’t be required to pay premiums.
Shortages have created a “traffic jam” in construction: Lennar
(Construction Dive) Although lumber and other material costs remain high, it’s shortages of labor and other key items that are delaying production for builders and biting into sales.
"While some building materials, like lumber, have seen easing prices, delivery delays and a lack of skilled labor and building lots continue to hold the market back," said Robert Dietz, chief economist for the National Association of Homebuilders,
in this statement.

Lennar is building homes slower than expected, and builders across the nation are facing disruptions that "are affecting different trades at different times and in different geographies," according to Jaffe.
Read more…

Did you know that, as an AGCW member you can
also join AGC of America events?
here to see what they have going on.
The AGC Education Foundation continues to offer virtual continuing-education classes in a live, interactive, remote environment. They're working closely with instructors to maintain high-quality training programs and are finding great success in the virtual environment.

GC/CM: General-Contractor/Construction-Manager Workshop
October 7 and 8 (8:30 am – 3:00 pm)

Construction Technical Skills B:
Interpreting Blueprint Plans and Specifications

October 7 – 28 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

Remote WWHM 2012 Basic Workshop
October 21 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
Remote Class

Remote WWHM 2012 Advanced Workshop
October 21 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Remote Class

Visit the AGC Education Foundation website for more information
on upcoming classes and programs.

For in-person training in the Central District, please reach out directly to me.
We will coordinate locations and times according to your needs.

AGC Central District Report is a publication of the
Associated General Contractors of Washington

Questions? Comments?

Please email Celina Venegas-Sanchez
, Central District manager.

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